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Charity Calendars 2018

You can now buy our animal A4 calendar from ebay

To help raise funds to support our charity we are pleased to announce that we have two  2019 calendars for sale Our Animals and our Back to Nature calendar
Our animal calendar features seasonal photos of our animals many you will know like Marlene, Widget & Lucky . Also each month information of how you can help the project.
Our Back to Nature features supporters of the charity baring all, well bare shoulders in very tasteful shots. 
The Animal calendars are £8 for A4 & £10 for A3
The Back to nature A4 £8
You can buy two A4 calendars for £15
You can purchase your calendar from one of the team, Devizes The giving Tree or from the farm. Please contact helie@caenhillcc.org.uk for more information.
Thanks to everyone who help with the calendars and already started helping with our 2020 calendar.

You can now buy our animal A4 calendar from ebay

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Melksham Family Learning Festival programme 2018

IMG8075We are pleased to be part of Melksham Family Learning Festival programme 2018. Sunday 28th October – 10.30 – 2.00pm

Come along for free to our rural learning centre and take part in some outdoor activities.

You can meet and feed the animals, have a tractor ride, do some farm foraging and try some rural craft, plant poppies, wild flowers, try mangold hurling and lots more. Please book in to make sure you have a place. Email: contact@caenhillcc.org.uk or call: 07837 568699

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Mangold Hurling Championship 2019

IMG8836This April we were asked by Martin one of our volunteers if we could grow mangolds at the farm. We welcome ideas from our volunteers and this idea like the mangold grew and grew. Martin suggested a mangold hurling competition just after harvest.

Mangold hurling has been a tradition in England for centuries so we thought it was time to bring it back to the farm with our own UK championship to raise awareness for a crop that is a great feed for animals and easy to grow

Some fodder beet (mangold) facts in German they are called Futterrübe, Dutch its oederbiet. They are okay left in the ground but temperatures of - 5°C or lower will damage them. Best harvested and kept in a clamp. You can produce around 24 tonnes per acre and are amongst the largest consumers of CO2; they also release the highest amounts of O2.

SO on 20 October 2019 we held the mangold hurling championship.

The day before our willow (one of our mangolds maidens) picked the largest mangold, our target mangold called a norman. Our fair maiden then bathed and brushed the large mangold (norman) with her special waters.

On the day our young people, dotty club pulled our wagon with the maiden queen sat on top with the norman mangold.

In the morning the mangolds are harvester by pulling by the leaves led by the master of the mangolds called Lobber. The wagon is then pulled back to the yard ready for the contestants .

In the afternoon the dancing maidens lead the wagon with the mangold queen sat on it with the contestants pulling the wagon.

Once in the arena the norman is placed on its willow basket while the Lobber reads out the rules. The mangold song is sang to the music of green sleeves and a battle cry is read out from Henry V as the contestants give a mass hurl to start the competition.

The objective is to throw the norman on to the pitch a suitable distance. You then throw your mangold by holding the leaves to get as close to the norman as possible. To find the winner the willow uses her stick to see who is closest with distance measured from the root end. Numerous rounds are carried out and each winner (up to six) go into the final.

The six finalist play knockout and each round the furthest away drops out until two are left for the final hurl. Then in a best of three the winner is found to be the Mangold King or in our event Queen. In tradition the Mangold Kind wins the maiden but in our version it was a bottle of wine.

It was a great first event and £121 raised for the charity.

Next years mangolds hurling event will be on the 4 October. If you would help grow mangolds and other crops at the farm please get in touch.

Of course the mangolds will be used as feed for the animals and in some cases for the volunteers.

Mangold hurling 2018 fundraiser at caenhillcc

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Dotty club 20 October 2018

IMG8236Every Saturday we have our Dotty club for young people from the ages of 7 to 13. Young people  who want to learn more about farming and the countryside.  Each week they get a chance to help feed the animals and take part in fun tasks like tractor rides, forest school and planting.
This week the students will be planting wild flowers, pudding, feeding animals & have a ride in a wagon.
We also run DofE on a Saturday morning.
This saturday adults  (widget club) have a chance to take a part in mangold hurling. Contact us for more details.  helie@caenhillcc.org.uk 

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Charity food cycle at Sainsbury's Devizes 13 October

Food cycle  - 9.30 - 14.30 hours   13 October 2018



Starting at 9.30 am 13 October Caenhill Countryside Centre Charity & Sainsbury’s Devizes Staff are doing a 50 miles bike ride on a static bike at the store in Devizes to help raise funds for the development of two separate farm kitchens and a crop area at the Caenhill Countryside Centre. The ride will cover 10 fictitious destinations all named from crops grown at the farm,starting from Carrot Corner go through Potato Patch, pass the Greens and finish at That's Shallot  Each 5 miles cycled will burn approximately 254 calories, about 25 small carrots. The bikes are supplied by Bikes n Boards Devizes.

The Centre run by volunteers supports young people with education and wellbeing six days a week.  Apart from looking after the animals the young people help grow crops. The two new seperate farm kitchen and crop areas will help the centre teach the young people of how to prepare the food for the animals and of course for themselves. Healthy eating is a big part of what the centre teaches.

Helie Franklin, project manager said we find many of our new students are unaware of where there food comes from and by creating a new dedicated area where they can grow and prepare food will be a great benefit.

At the event the Centre will be promoting their Back to Nature Calendar 2019 where volunteers have bared shoulders to make a fun fundraising calendar to also help raise funds for the new areas. Calendars are available at £8 each or two for £15 profits going to the farm kitchen.

Apart from buying a calendar people can help by making a donation to the food cycle team, donate time by volunteering to develop the new areas, donating building materials,  seeds, kitchen equipment, polytunnels and very keen to get hold of a root cutter, portable milking machine or any other old farm equipment to help with preparing animal feed.

Tiggi from Sainsbury’s Devizes said  we are very pleased to be able to support the Caenhill Countryside Centre who do so much to help young people in the Devizes area.

To find out more about the charity come and have a chat on Saturday at the Sainsbury’s store contact Helie on 07 837 568 699 , email helie@caenhillcc.org.uk or visit the website www.caenhillcc.org.uk .
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